Prep 10 mins
Cook 50 mins
This is one of my top five all-time favorites! Adapted from "Cook's Illustrated" this rich coffee cake is unique in that it does not contain milk, does not get soggy, despite the 4 cups of blueberries suspended in batter. Nearly identical to "Einstein Bagel's" Blueberry Crumb Cake. Note: I've made this on vacation several times by hand, creaming the butter with a spoon. Despite the lengthy directions it takes about 10 minutes to put together.
- 1⁄2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour (2 1/2 ounces)
- 1⁄2 cup light brown sugar (3 1/2 ounces)
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 pinch table salt
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces, softened but still cool (1/2 stick)
- 1 1⁄2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (7 1/2 ounces)
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
- 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened but still cool (1 1/4 stick)
- 2⁄3 cup granulated sugar (about 4 3/4 ounces)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon table salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 4 cups fresh blueberries, picked over (about 20 ounces)
- For the streusel:.
- In standing mixer fitted with flat beater, combine flour, sugars, cinnamon, and salt on low speed until well combined and no large brown sugar lumps remain, about 45 seconds.
- Add butter and mix on low until mixture resembles wet sand and no large butter pieces remain, about 2 1/2 minutes.
- Transfer streusel to small bowl and set aside.
- For the cake:.
- Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position; heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9-inch round cake pan*(I used a shallow rectangle white dish and it cut neat squares) with 2-inch sides with nonstick cooking spray.
- Whisk flour and baking powder in small bowl to combine; set aside.
- In standing mixer fitted with flat beater, cream butter, sugar, salt, and lemon zest at medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes; using rubber spatula, scrape down bowl.
- Beat in vanilla until combined, about 30 seconds.
- With mixer running at medium speed, add eggs one at a time; beat until partially incorporated, then scrape down bowl and continue to beat until fully incorporated (mixture will appear broken). With mixer running on low speed, gradually add flour mixture; beat until flour is almost fully incorporated, about 20 seconds.
- Disengage bowl from mixer; stir batter with rubber spatula, scraping bottom and sides of bowl, until no flour pockets remain and batter is homogenous; batter will be very heavy and thick.
- Using rubber spatula, gently fold in blueberries until evenly distributed.
- Transfer batter to prepared pan; with rubber spatula, using a pushing motion, spread batter evenly to pan edges and smooth surface.
- Sprinkle streusel evenly over batter.
- Bake until deep golden brown and toothpick or wooden skewer inserted into center of cake comes out clean, about 55 minutes.
- Cool on wire rack 15 to 20 minutes (cake will fall slightly as it cools).
- ool until just warm or to room temperature, at least 1 hour. Cut into wedges and serve.
I made this for my son today, he has informed me that it is almost all gone, and that the cake was just wonderful! Although I did taste the ends of it, I know that I will be making this again, it a wonderful cake, with the most delicious topping, and oozing with berries. I increased the sugar by a couple of tablespoons, and added in 1/2 teaspoon almond extract. I think though the next time i make it I will only use three cups of berries. Roxy, thank you for this wonderful recipe!...Kitten:)
Made this for the first time on the 4th of July. It really is the best blueberry dessert I have ever had. Everyone loved it. I used all four cups of blueberries and baked it in a deep-dish 9-inch glass pie plate. It fit perfectly and looked amazing. Can't wait to make it again.
I tried this cake today and followed the recipe exactly. It was very good, moist, and had lots of fruit in it. However, next time I make it I would add little more salt to the batter to offset all the sugar. Or maybe reduce the sugar a little bit. I was a little worried when I made the batter because it was such a thick batter and I thought I did something wrong. I am a novice baker and have never made a crumb cake so I appreciate your detailed instructions greatly! The topping along with the sugar in the batter overwhelmed the blueberries. The berries I used were slightly tart, and my cake was still too sweet.